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and joint chiefs chairman general martin dempsey explained why the military couldn't do more to save the lives of ambassador chris stevens, sean smith, tyrone woods and glenn dougherty in benghazi on september 11. >> united states military, as i've said, is not and frankly should not be a 911 service capable of arriving on the scene within minutes to every possible contingency around the world. >> republican senators weren't satisfied. >> did you know how long the attack was going to last, secretary panetta? >> no idea. >> well, it could have lasted for two days. any airplane launched anywhere in the world before the attack was concluded? >> if you're talk being a aircraft, no, senator. >> your response, general dempsey, are very inadequate and in my opinion, the same kind of inadequacy for the security which you provided at that consulate. >> they wanted to know what the president knew and when he knew it. >> sew didn't ask you what ability we had in the area and what we could do? >> no. >> did you have any further communications with him that night? >> no. >> did he ever call you t
dempsey went before the senate armed services committee to testify about the benghazi consulate attack. the most alarming news out of that testimony was na president obama was virtually absent on the night that four americans died and according to panetta he and general dempsey only spoke once that night to the commander-in-chief. >> the information that, that something was happening, that it was an apparent attack going on in benghazi. and i informed the president of that fact and he at that point directed both myself and general dempsey to do everything we needed to do to try to protect lives there. >> did you have any further communications with him that night? >> no. >> did you have any other further communications, did he ever call you that night to say how are things going, what's going on, where is the consulate? >> no. >> did you communicate with anyone else at the white house that night? >> no. >> no one else called you to say, what, how are things going? >> no. >> the disclosure of that telling statement infuriated my next guest, watch this exchange. >> you talked to the pres
and general dempsey. i'm curious though, do you know what the cia was doing at that benghazi conflict, what was their job? >> i do not know what their job was, and i'm sure it was gathering intelligence, but the thing that was really frustrating about it is, general dempsey and secretary panetta who are admire, basically said, well, there was nothing we could do. it's 330 miles from the base in crete, to benghazi. if we'd had assets there, they could have reacted. remember, this attack lasted for seven hours, two of the americans died in the last hour. and they believed somehow this threat at the consulate in benghazi was no different than many other places in the world. i am absolutely confident there was no place in the world where there was the attack on the british ambassador, the red cross closed and on august 15th, a message that said they could not resist a sustained attack on the consulate and yet, there was no provision made to move any department of defense asset, either air or ground, anywhere near the consulate in benghazi. that's reprehensible. >> greta: and the reason that i a
, has to announce for his leadership on benghazi after panetta and general martin dempsey testified, they spoke to the president only once during the eight-hour attack. >> one time. >> right. >> you talked to him how many times? >> the same one time. >> graham and his republican colleagues repeatedly pressed panetta on why there was no direct follow up with mr. obama after they met in the oval office. >> are you surprised that the president of the united states never called you, secretary penta, and said how is it going? >> normally in these situations -- >> did he know the level of threat? >> let me wa finish the answer. we -- we were deploying the forces. he was being kept up to date. >> i hate to interrupt you but we've got limited time. we didn't deploy any forces. >> the white house has said little about what the president did do on the night of september 11th besides releasing this official photo. today the administration tried to shoot down any notion that the president was checked out with one top defense issue e-mailing fox saying we had multiple phone calls, e-mails, video
assistance to be rendered, at what point did he give that order. why did no one show up. general dempsey says the military respond appropriately. i will ask them what is an inappropriate response. the system failed. but the person i blame the most for benghazi is president obama. it's his foreign policy strategy that aloud this conflict to become a death trap. he's the one to share the blame above all others. martha: senator mccain poibtsd out the last two seals were killed in the final hour of a 7-hour siege. it makes the argument you can't respond to the second 911 call and they can't get there in time a little more complicated, doesn't it? >> it it's a system failure. when general dempsey says the d.o.d. responded appropriately. i think not. not one d.o.d. asset reached these people for over 7 hours. i just find it dumbfounding to believe that we could not provide any military assistance on 9/11 of all days. and given the history of the threat. reports out of libya and the terror situation. this is a system failure. no one is pressing the president. the mainstream media is giving the obama
general dempsey, he testified with leon panetta chairman of the joint chiefs and he said he was surprised when he was pressed that hillary clinton didn't read that all important august 15th cable, right, where chris stevens said, we aren't going to be able to repel and attack in benghazi with what we have. and he was pressed on that. are you surprised she didn't see he it, well, yeah, i was surprised. it looked like there was buck passing from panetta and dempsey to the state department because they said people are wondering why we didn't have armed aircraft in the vicinity, well, we didn't have enough time, and essentially saying the state department didn't request it. so, it all seems like, you know, fingers are pointing in the other direction. >> bill: here is what i think. >> i didn't learn that much. >> bill: here is what i think happened so i don't want to do this anymore because nothing's going to happen. all right, nobody's going to be disciplined. nobody's going to be scolded or did anything. the ambassador over there, christopher stevens knew security was bad outside of tripoli,
hill along with general dempsey, joint chief of staff. there are live shots of the hearing on going. secretary panetta who is right next to him says the military pre pictures for all kinds of situations but there were no specific signs of an imminent aeu that being on the diplomatic mission in libya. he says there simply was not enough time to reach benghazi with enough fire power to prevent the murders of ambassador chris stevens and three other americans. >> the inner agency response was timely and appropriate, but there simply was not enough time, given the speed of the attacks for armed u.s. military assets to have made a difference. jenna: national skhaourt correspondent jennifer given is live at the pentagon watching the hearing as it happens. what is the tenure of the hearing this morning? >> reporter: i think what is most interesting, jenna is as soon as democrats take to the questioning they bring up a totally unrelated element, they start asking the secretary about sequestration, about budget cuts. when the republicans are at the helm you have senator lindsey graham right
administration and leon panetta are defending hagel. dempsey says he thinks highly of hagel and is x confident of his abilities after speaking to him in private. >> i will say in my conversations he was well prepared articulate and precise. >> you are confident he could do the job? >> i am not going to speak about confidence. he could be my boss. >> reporters trying to thin the tied against hagel. what are they saying? >> leon pan nineda said it was politics that led to the fierce questioning by the armed service committee in capitol hill. >> it is ob yut the political knights were after hagel. >> what disappointed me was that they talked a lot about past quotes. what about what the secretary of defense is confronting today. we didn't spend a lot of time discussing those issues and in the end that counts. >> hagel should have been questioned more about issues like the war in afghanistan, the turmoil in the mideast and the looming budget cuts that could severely impact the pentagon. instead hagel was criticized for his past statements on iran, israel and the u.s. and nuclear strategy. harris? >
.i.a. and to d.o.d. it takes me to the issue of cyber threat. both secretary panetta, general dempsey an we in your current role at the white house talked about the cyber threat. you were a big help to get the cyberlegislation passed. tell us what you think is the role of the c.i.a. in dealing with the cyber threat in the area of human intelligence or -- i mean with the c.i.a. you have a unique insight into it. we know what nsa does, we know what homeland security's supposed to do. tell us where you see the c.i.a. >> first of all the cyber threat this country faced is one of the most consequential to national security and our government as a whole and congress needs to be focused on and do everything possible to prevent a devastating attack against this country because of vulnerability on the cyberfront. c.i.a.'s mission on the collection front is to determine the plans and intentions of foreign governments, foreign groups, sub national groups and others. learning about the plans and intentions and developing capabilities in the cyberworld is something c.i.a. is best place to do so we have
? because martin dempsey affirmed that neither was she involved in conversations. the president negotiation, decided he needed a good night's sleep because he was going to vegas the next day for a fundraiser. the track is this eight-hour attack taking place in benghazi, and we're just now, five months after the event, just finding out the reason we never got a photograph is because there wasn't one of him on the phone. he wasn't on the phone. >> surprised to hear him say there was juan phone call made and he wasn't sure when or how long it lasted, and the one to secretary of state hillary clinton as well. shocking. >> it is shocking and it ought to continue to get a lot of attention on capitol hill, and to me it's a great indication of why democrats and republicans alike ought to be outraged and questions need to be asked. >> one other question to secretary panetta was, how come be didn't send assets? he said it would take 18 hours. well, we had assets in tripoli. should it take 18 hours to get assets from tripoli to benghazi. >> and you can always scramble fighter jets, only if they fly ov
. what question would you ask leon panetta today and martin dempsey if you had a chance to? >> i don't think there's a big conspiracy. we didn't do what we could have. the military did not do something, they didn't fire whatever. my question would be why was there no plan? it's like if you close down your fire department and somebody calls and says my house is on fire. it would take awhile to get everybody back in there and get the fire trucks moving. on the other hand, if you had the fire department standing by, which is what we should have -- standing by -- we could have reacted. >>brian: when this book is written, you take your real life and connections and put them into novel concepts so they come out looking like real stories, one of which was syria. you put a call in to your friends and said what is going on there, i'm going to go research this. what happened? >> i try to be as current as i can. i want current events to be as realistic as i can be. current events are current, and i have a buddy of mine who is much smarter than i am on this type of stuff. i was heading over ther
leon panetta are defending hagel. chairman of the joint chiefs of staff general martin dempsey thinks very highly of hagel and confident about his abilities after speaking to him in private. >> i'm not going to grade his homework. i will say in my conversations with him he was well prepared, articulate, concise. >> you are confident that he can do the job? >> i'm not going to speak about confidence. he could be my boss. >> harris: steve centanni live with the news from d.c. right now steve, his supporters trying to stem the tide against hagel, what are they saying? >> well, leon panetta the current defense secretary defended hagel saying it was partisan politics that led to the fierce questioning by members of the armed services committee on capitol hill. listen. >> it's pretty obvious that the political knives were out for chuck hagel. >> this was totally part shan? >> what disappointed me is that, you know, they talked a lot about past quotes but what about what a secretary of defense is confronting today. we just did not see enough time spent on discussing those issues and in the e
armed services committee. officials say that the joint chiefs of staff chairman general martin dempsey will also testify at that heampleght the attack killed the u.s. ambassador chris stevens. foreign service officer sean smith and two former navy seals tyrone woods and glen daughtery. secretary of state john kerry paid tribute to the victims of benghazi attack today as he started his new job. >> i know everybody here still mourns that loss and why we will. i pledge to you this. i will not let their patriotism and their bravery be on secured by politics. [ applause ] >> shepard: secretary kerry plans to focus on security for staffers arranged the world. james rosen at the state department tonight. we are also learning that he met with survivors of the benghazi attack, yes? >> fox news has learned that secretary kerry carved out time on saturday of this past weekend to make a secret trip to walter reed national medical center. and there he visited with some of the security agents wounded in benghazi on 9/11. >> everything i do will be focused on security and safety of our people. we hav
. and then a long time passed before he got any updates. but, general dempsey said that the president's national security staff was being constantly updated. so top staff members were in the loop throughout the whole thing. good enough? >> probably not. i think up until yesterday this benghazi story had been about hillary clinton, about susan rice, about the state department. yesterday it became about president obama. and the question was, where was he, after having a prescheduled meeting in the afternoon on that day, secretary panetta spoke to him no more. i think what became clear with lindsey graham's questioning about possible military activity is that nobody in the pentagon would have ordered military act ship without a specific order from the president. and the president wasn't around. rick: i want do ask you both, we have about a minute and a half left. another story came out of these hearings. that is the president himself, rick, himself opposed a plan that was supported by pretty much everybody else in his administration, to try to arm the rebels in syria. what do you make of that? >> y
and lars what we're hearing from general dempsey, it wasn't that they couldn't do it, it was they didn't get the request. >> that's right. and this is something that's significant, this isn't, marjorie, about blaming one person, it's saying there was a colassel failure at all levels. the president gets a briefing at five o'clock, he's told the attack is underway he then leaves the white house. he's absent. the military never gets a request from the state department. and the state department has a secretary of state, hillary clinton, who says she never saw the cables coming from her own ambassador, chris stevens, who cabled the state department to say, we're in trouble, not that night, but previous to that. plenty of warning ahead of time. there had been other attacks in the region, in that country. and the state department ignored it and not even bringing it to the secretary's attention. so, hillary clinton is out of touch and out of hand. >> i mean, it is hard, i think, for most people to believe, marjorie, that the president and the secretary of state were not constantly back and for
'll talk about it. he showed up with the chairman of the joint chiefs of staff, martin dempsey. finally you had a bunch of senators who wanted answers to their questions and therefore you had something you could really benefit from, if you were one of the many americans interested in getting to the truth about 9/11/2012. >>steve: we have heard stories about how navy seals and people in benghazi were calling for help. we heard about people on the roof painting where the target was going to be. why couldn't they send an aircraft? apparently there were ready aircraft 90 minutes away. leon panetta said we did the right thing. it would have taken somewhere between 9 and 12 hours to get an armed aircraft there. here he is. >> there was no specific intelligence or indications of an imminent attack on that -- the u.s. facilities in benghazi. and, frankly, without an adequate warning, there was not enough time given the speed of the attack for armed military assets to respond. >> once an attack takes place, the biggest problem you have is getting accurate information about exactly what is taking pla
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